Game, Fish and Parks Law Enforcement Officers Now Equipped with Body Cameras
PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) law enforcement officers will now be equipped with body cameras to increase transparency and enhance officer safety.
“Our officers already do a tremendous job,” said GFP department secretary Kelly Hepler. “It is our hope that the implementation of body cameras will ultimately make their jobs easier, and the work they do to serve and protect our natural resources as well as the public’s safety even better.”
Due to the nature of wildlife and park law enforcement, in-car video cameras are oftentimes not beneficial. Recent advancements in body-worn video cameras have given GFP officers another option. In addition, video documentation can assist with criminal prosecutions and improve protection against false allegations.
The Travel Channel’s ‘Sand Guys’ to Visit Watertown
Lake Kampeska will be the backdrop for an internationally recognized sand sculpting crew during this summer’s Cookin’ on Kampeska, set for July 14-15.
Sand Guys International, who star on the Travel Channel show, “Sand Masters,” will be featured throughout this summer’s two-day event at Stokes-Thomas City Park.
“The possibilities for our Cookin’ on Kampeska sculptures are endless, but so far we’ve been talking with them about creating something unique to Watertown,” said Megan Olson, President of the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce which organizes the annual event.
“We’re also excited that they are going to work in some time on Saturday to teach kids a few of their techniques,” she added.
Sand Guys International was formed when two world-renowned sand sculptors, Rusty Croft and Kirk Rademaker, decided to combine their talents. The pair have traveled the globe and have more than thirty-five years of experience sculpting sand on a professional level.
In 2011, the Sand Guys were offered their own television show "Sand Masters," by the Travel Channel. The show chronicled their adventures in sand for two years filming a total of 29 episodes. Since its premier, "Sand Masters" has been translated into Spanish, French and Italian airing throughout the Asian-Pacific rim and Europe.
The Watertown appearance of Sand Guys International, sponsored by GCC/Consolidated Ready Mix, Inc., will be on Saturday, July 15, in Stokes-Thomas City Park near Lake Kampeska. The exact times have yet to be determined.
Designed to be a family-friendly weekend, Cookin’ on Kampeska centers around the 6th Annual Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned BBQ contest. In addition to sampling fantastic food, attendees will also enjoy a wide variety of games and live music.
“We just feel bringing a group of this caliber to Watertown will give families even more to look forward to. They will also draw people in from around the region,” said Olson.
More information on Sand Guys International and Cookin’ on Kampeska will be released as the dates draw near. For the latest updates, go to www.cookinonkampeksa.com.
Good Earth State Park Fees Finalized
PIERRE, S.D. – This week, the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Commission established facility use fees for special events occurring in Good Earth State Park.
2017 Elk Season Finalized
The 2017 season will follow the same season date structure as the 2016 season.
The Commission finalized the 2017 archery elk hunting season with season dates of Sept. 1-30 and 147 any elk and 130 antlerless elk licenses. This proposal resulted in a decrease of 10 antlerless elk licenses compared to 2016.
The 2017 prairie elk hunting season will have 149 licenses in the four prairie hunting units and will follow the same season date structure as 2016. Prairie unit 30A (Gregory County) will remain closed.
Rule Changes for Terminally Ill Hunters
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